Join Date: Apr 2007
08-14-2010, 11:47 AM
So I've been going to the doctor A LOT over this issue. My husband and I have decided to wait another year or so for kids anyhow, but the question of WHY I haven't started my period remained.
If your period is highly irregular, or all of a sudden stops coming you should see your doctor if it persists for more than a month or two. You should also go if you're experiencing more-than-normal bleeding during your period, especially (but not only) if hair is growing in places it normally doesn't or more than it normally does in an area, like around the lips, arm hair, nose hair, belly hair, etc.
My numerous doctor visits have explained two things:
1.) My testosterone levels were slightly elevated. This MAY have caused me to have an irregular or missing period, but it's not likely since elevated levels tend to mean an abnormal excess of bleeding during menstration.
2.) I have ovarian cysts. I never even knew I had these and would never have known if I'd stayed on the Birth Control. I have a few small ones on each ovary and they think one of the cysts have burst (*shiver* and gross, but I honestly didn't feel it if it did or notice unusual discharge).
I don't know anything about ovarian cysts or the seriousness of the issue, but it scares the hell out of me. I want to be a mother someday soon and the idea of my reproductive organs having something wrong with them is really freaking me out.
On my report it said that the left ovary measured 3x2.3 cm and the right measured 3x2 cm. There were a few "follicular cysts" apparent in each ovary without "typical pattern of the cysts, but still raising question of possible Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome". The one that ruptured or is leaking was still within physiological limits of 'normal'.
My doctor is sending me to an endocrinologist (a hormone specialist) to find out more and see about treatment for my amenorrhea (no period). No doubt there will be more blood tests and such. But other than that I have no idea what's going to go on at that doctors appointment.
Just letting everyone know to keep an eye on their periods and that having one is a GOOD thing. Lack of one could mean several health problems.
I must say though...they put me on some medicine that would make me start my period right? I can't tell you how unnerving it was to see blood again. It was like the stress of my first period all over again. Wierd how a 4-month delay can make you forget the normalness of having a menstral flow
No one ever told me about periods. So when I first started mine I was freaking out and thought that I was either A.) Pregnant from my first kiss...yes I was an uneducated child obviously. or B) Dying xD. I waited 3 days before finally going to my mother. When she had explained everything I was SO embarrassed. Of course the first thing she did was call everyone and tell them.
Originally Posted by LancasterPrincess
Anyone on BC and then for numerous reason quit/forget/skip it?
Last summer we were in-between paychecks and I wasn't able to get my BC on time so I had to skip a month. Well in order to start my BC I had to start my period. I waited and waited and waited. A month and a half later I'm freaking out because I think I'm prego, but test after test says I'm not. So I went to the doctor. He told me to just wait it out and I told him that wasn't an option for me because I'm a worrier. So he gave me a prescription that made me start my period.
Fast-forward to now. I quit my BC because my husband and I are planing to start a family in a few months. BUT I'm now repeating the 'missing' period. I've researched online as much as I could and as far as I can tell it's a fairly common thing for BC users to experience (1 out of 10).
My questions are:
*Am I ovulating? &
*Has anyone else experienced this?
-If So: About how long did you have to wait to recieve your period?